The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Curzon Artificial Eye, organizes a special screening of the 2016 Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.
The Italian film director will attend the event, which will take place at Curzon Mayfair Cinema at 6.30pm.
Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and It has been selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards next February, 2017.
The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The main characters are a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival. In his acceptance speech for the Golden Bear award, Rosi stated that his intention was to heighten awareness of the migrant situation, saying, "It’s not acceptable that people die crossing the sea to escape from tragedies".
Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian director, cinematographer, producer and screenwriter. His film Sacro GRA won Golden Lion at 70th Venice International Film Festival. Sacro GRA is the first documentary film to win Golden Lion in history of the Venice film festival and the first Italian film to win in fifteen years, after Gianni Amelio’s The Way We Laughed won the award in 1998. His 2016 film Fire at Sea, a documentary focused on European migrant crisis on the Sicilan island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Rosi is the only documentary filmmaker to win two top prizes at major European film festivals (Cannes, Berlin and Venice) and is currently the only filmmaker besides Michael Haneke and Ken Loach to win two top European festival prizes in the 21st century.